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Vatican celebrates Pope's name day with a concert

March 22, 2010

The Vatican observed the feast day of St. Joseph-- the name day of Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Ratzinger)-- with a special concert on March 19. Performing in the Clementine Hall of the apostolic palace, the Henschel string quartet and mezzo-soprano Susanne Keiling played Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ" and a new arrangement of Haydn's "Passion." After the performance the Holy Father said that the "austere beauty" of the music made it an appropriate Lenten concert and a fitting tribute to St. Joseph.


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